I have been warning and expressing concern about this happening. This morning there was news of a mortar attack on Syria
Right now Israeli media is reporting:
Reporting is spreading..
The Syrian army used chemical weapon in an attack in Damascus, Al Jazeera reported citing Syrian opposition sources. The network further reported that casualties were sustained.
In recent weeks the Syrian rebels claimed that Syrian regime ahs also used chemical weapon in Latakia and Damascus areas. The report has yet to be confirmed by other sources. (Roi Kais)
There will be updates, check back!!!!
Update 1- Reported 6 hours ago.. Early reports on mortar fire hitting near Damascus- (from the NATO backed rebels)
Update 2- Reported 2 hours ago- Wall Street JournalSyria's state news agency said four mortar rounds slammed into Harasta, a district northwest of Damascus, killing six children and wounding five more. Another five people were wounded when a mortar struck the upscale central neighborhood of Maliki, the agency said.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said shells also struck central Damascus, including Ummayad Square, which is close to the state TV and radio stations, as well as the army command. It said there were no casualties.The mortar fire came as activists reported heavy clashes and government air raids in the Damascus suburb of Mleiha, as well as the capital's Jobar neighborhood. Both areas are controlled by the rebels.The Observatory said at least 10 rebels were killed in the Mleiha fighting
Syrian army units and other forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad stepped up their offensive on Thursday against several towns on the eastern edge of the capital Damascus, after Islamist factions controlling the communities rejected the government's truce offers.
So Assad offers the killers a truce, they reject, and the killers shower more civilians with mortar shells.Rebels responded to the fresh offensive by showering government-controlled sections of Damascus with mortar shells, in barrages that have killed 14 people and wounded nearly 50 others since Wednesday, according to city police officials.The thump and pop of the artillery and rocket launchers that have been deployed by regime forces to pound the capital's rebellious suburbs echoed throughout Damascus, accompanied the buzz of military jets flying overhead.
Update 3- SANA: Terrorist mortar attacks claim lives of 6 children
Provinces, (SANA) (Update3) Terrorist mortar attacks continue to claim more innocent lives as six children were killed Thursday in Damascus...Read moreUpdate 4 - Reuters is pushing NATO backed mercenary video displaying dead Syrian soldier
Update #5- don't know if this is related? But, seems it could be?
Another US warship is headed to the Black Sea- this sets all sorts of alarm bells ringing!
The US Navy officials have refused to identify which warship is taking part in the mission, reported Stars and Stripes, a website close to the US Armed Forces.
They said that the warship is being sent as a replacement for the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun. Truxtun sailed to the Black Sea from the Middle Eat to take part in military maneuvers with the Bulgarian and Romanian navies.
This as the USS Donald Cook and the USS Ramage are now stationed in the eastern Mediterranean. The two American destroyers are taking part in a military drill with the Greek and Israeli navies.
“We are making plans to meet the intent vocalized by (US and NATO officials) to lay out a sustainable maritime presence in the eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea, but we do not have anything to announce at this time,” said Capt. Gregory Hicks of the US European Command.
Hicks added that the US Navy routinely operates warships in the Black Sea in a show of support to its allies in the region.
The development comes as Russia on Thursday denounced the US for the deployment of its warships in the Black Sea.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during a joint press conference with Kazakhstan’s foreign minister, called on American and NATO officials to explain about their increased military activities in the region.
“We have posed these questions to the North Atlantic Alliance. We are expecting not just any answer but an answer fully respectful of the rules we have coordinated.”
Russian Foreign Minister also criticized the US for what he called violating the Montreux Convention which is an international agreement signed in 1936. It restricts the passage through the Bosporus Straits and the Dardanelles of naval ships not belonging to Black Sea states.
UPDATE 6- 4/04/14:
The Nation is reporting the accusations made by the opposition
Opposition activists again accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of using poison gas in Syria's civil war on Thursday, showing footage of an apparently unconscious man lying on a bed and being treated by medics.Jobar seems familiar. After the Ghouta false flag there was some noise out of Jobar that didn't go anywhere...
The alleged attack on the neighborhood of Jobar in the capital Damascus comes a week after the Syrian government sent a letter to the United Nations claiming it had evidence that rebel groups were planning a toxic gas attack in the same area.
If am recalling correctly? Anyone?
AHA! Did a search through the blog and yup Jobar has been mentioned here previously- September 2013 Syrian Opposition via Saudi media claiming another chemical attack
Next question is this yet another rehashing of a previous incident?
FLASHBACK! Just two days ago I put this post up- Hope you read it then? If not, read it now.
Militants in Syria prepare chemical attack in Damascus – UN envoy (Yes, the Security Council has been made aware......)
Armed gangs in Syria are conspiring to stage a chemical attack in the Damascus suburbs in order to later lay the blame on the Bashar Assad’s government, Syria's UN Ambassador Bashar Jaafari has warned the Security Council.
“Competent Syrian authorities intercepted a wireless communication between two terrorists in the Jawbar area of the Damascus governorate,” Jaafari said in a letter addressed to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council. The letter was published on Tuesday on the UN website.
In that communication, the diplomat said, one “of the terrorists said that another terrorist named Abu Nadir was covertly distributing gas masks.”
The Syrian security services, Jaafari said, also intercepted another communication between militants one of whom was called Abu Jihad. During that conversation, the latter indicated that toxic gas would be used and “asked those who are working with him to supply protective masks.”
Back in March, Jaafari informed the Security Council that a person named Haytham Salahuddin Qassab “transported chemical substances from Turkey on behalf of the terrorist organization known as Ahrar al-Sham.” He allegedly purchased the chemical agents from Turkey’s Dharwa Import and Export Company.